Curiosity, a strong desire to know something. The process that causes you to find out more, beyond your wildest dreams.
As children our desire to know things is unbelievable. We are always asking “why?” From the very moment we are able to form our own opinions we are greeted by a friend, a friend, which promises to always keep our minds open and keep us on our toes.
That friend is curiosity. As we grow older our minds change but our curiosity remains the same.
I was going to tell you about how I found curiosity in film and music, but then something happened to me today while I was on the train on my way to Sydney. I was sat on the train and not 10 minutes had it been since I had sat down, did an older Polish woman, greet me and begin to talk to me about her faith in God and Christianity.
It was from this moment where my already dormant curiosity had surfaced once again. But not in the sense of if there was a bigger being out there but more of the curiosity of the other passenger’s reactions, including my own.
It is said that there are two topics that you should never talk about in public, religion and politics. But then it got me wondering, much like anything else both these topics are much like anything else, in the sense that we all have our own opinions and we just have to deal with that. But for some reason, religion in particular can cause some serious outbreaks.
The most frustrating yet curiosity element of this topic is that we’re never going to really know the truth about religion; it’s always going to be based upon interpretation. Paul Griffiths (2009), makes great mention to this by stating “unmasking curiosity as a destructive and offensive device…amounts to nothing less than a…radical critique of superficiality and constant distraction.”
I feel that Griffiths is definitely on to something here. To try and unmask the curiosity that is often found with/in religion you are opening a door to complete destruction to those that feel there is no curiosity to be found. This is a very delicate subject, and honestly I don’t know if I have done much of it justice.
I feel that I will always have curiosity in religion and how people go about spreading or interpreting it. But I also feel that we have a long way to go before we can put our curious thoughts to bed.
With that being said,
“The cure for boredom is curiosity, there is no cure for curiosity” – Dorothy Parker
Stanley Fish, 2009, ‘Does Curiosity Kill More Than the Cat?’, The New York Times, viewed 2 March 2016 <https://webapps.library.uow.edu.au/refcite/style-guides/html/>
Ellen Parr, 2016, Quotes, Goodreads, viewed 2 March 2016 <http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/2027-the-cure-for-boredom-is-curiosity-there-is-no-cure>